It's not unusual for prototype devices to find their way out in to the big wide world, but the latest is of particular interest to iPhone nerds. An apparent early prototype of the very first iPhone has just been sold on eBay for $1499 and is running an internal diagnostic software build:
"I am selling a very rare original iPhone engineering prototype. These were used to test the iPhone's various features. To do so, a special test software was installed, which is still running on the device perfectly.
This is device is especially rare, as it shows the initial iOS version installed and the signal strength values etched on the back. This was done by Apple internally and is guaranteed genuine."
While the authenticity of the device hasn't been confirmed, it's a little surprising it wasn't removed from the auction site has others have been in the past. But, someone has parted with a bunch of cash to pick it up, so maybe we'll hear more about this nerdtastic device more in the weeks ahead.